Braided Secrets is told through the voices of two sisters in a close-knit Catholic family in 1963. A family drama unfolds when Maggie falls in love with an older man and the protective father forbids her to see him. As the younger sister, Petey, says, “Looking back, I wish I could erase that Sunday when it all started.” Instead, events take a tragic and unpredictable course that almost unravels the family, challenges their faith, and threatens the close bond between the sisters.
This debut novel has been recommended by readers as a must-read for adults and young adults alike. “The author weaves together an amazing story of a loving Catholic family trying to live during a tumultuous changing time. While reading, you genuinely feel like you have been ‘braided’ into the fabric of the story by the richness of the characters, the complex problems, and the warmth of the Donovan family.…Braided Secrets is a story about much more than human sexuality, and family secrets. When you read it – it will change you forever.”
Theresa Schimmel is the author of three children’s books, numerous short stories and poems. She is a member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors. She lives and writes in her home town of Wakefield, RI. Her books are available through her website as well as through Amazon.
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